Community Advocates Demand for Jobs on the West Side of Chicago

Cook County Board Commissioners to authorize agreement with developers for County Hospital redevelopment but no jobs for Austin or people with records

Chicago– Tomorrow, May 10th, in the midst of high unemployment in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods of our city, the Cook County Board of Commissioners will decide whether to sign a redevelopment agreement for the Old Cook County Hospital on the West Side of Chicago, which is projected to produce 2,600 new permanent jobs.  As it currently stands, the agreement fails to include jobs for the majority of West Side residents, including neighborhoods that have the largest unemployment rates such as Austin and people with criminal records.   

Community members and leaders personally affected by the lack of employment on the West Side will give testimony during the Cook County Board Finance Committee Meeting tomorrow at 1:00 pm. The Westside Community Benefits Coalition, led by Action Now, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and Community Renewal Society call on Cook County Board Commissioners to demand jobs for everyone on the West Side.

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